XConsortium - X Consortium information
Release 6 of X Version 11 is brought to you by X Consortium, Inc.
The X Consortium is an independent, not-for-profit Delaware membership cor-
poration. It was formed in 1993 as the successor to the MIT X Consortium.
The purpose of the X Consortium is to foster the development, evolution,
and maintenance of the X Window System, a comprehensive set of vendor-
neutral, system-architecture neutral, network-transparent windowing and
user interface standards.
The X Window System was created in the mid-1980s at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology. In 1988, MIT formed a member-funded consortium to
provide the technical and administrative leadership necessary to support
further development of the X Window System. In 1992, MIT and the member-
ship decided it was in their best interests to move the consortium out of
MIT and create an independent, stand-alone organization. All rights to the
X Window System were assigned by MIT to X Consortium, Inc. on January 1,
The X Consortium is financially self-supporting through membership fees.
There are no license fees associated with the use of X Window System stan-
dards and code developed by the X Consortium. Membership in the X Consor-
tium is open to any organization willing to execute a membership agreement.
The X Consortium is a highly participative body. Members are encouraged to
actively cooperate with the staff and other members in the design and
review of proposed specifications, and in the design, coding and testing of
sample implementations of those specifications.
The X Consortium accomplishes most of its work using electronic mail over
the Internet, with individual mailing lists for working groups. Internet
electronic mail connectivity should be viewed as a requirement for useful
participation in X Consortium activities. Meetings are held as necessary,
often in conjunction with industry conferences and trade shows.
Bob Scheifler, rwsATx.org, phone: (617) 374-1010
Janet O'Halloran, johATx.org, phone: (617) 374-1011
Technical Director, Integration Technology:
Ralph Swick, swickATx.org
Technical Director, Application Toolkits:
Matt Landau, mattATx.org
Donna Converse, converseATx.org
Stephen Gildea, gildeaATx.org
Jay Hersh, hershATx.org
Kaleb Keithley, kalebATx.org
Ralph Mor, morATx.org
Dave Wiggins, dpwATx.org
Gary Cutbill, rgaryATx.org
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The X Consortium's activities and affairs are managed under the direction
and oversight of a Board of Directors, elected annually by the Members.
The Board is responsible for reviewing the achievements of the Consortium,
approving planned work, appointing a President and other officers of the
Consortium, and setting membership dues. The current Directors are:
Robert W. Scheifler, President, X Consortium
Dr. Forest Baskett, Senior VP of R&D, Silicon Graphics Computer
Harold D. Blair, Partner, Partnerwerks
Roger S. Gourd, VP and Chief of Staff, Open Software Foundation
David Harris, Director, Adobe Systems [ex officio as Chairman,
X Industry Association]
Dr. Robin Hillyard, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer,
Dr. Chong Lee, President and CEO, Phase X Systems, Inc.
Don McGovern, Vice President - UNIX Systems Group, Novell, Inc.
Therese E. Myers, President and CEO, Quarterdeck Office Systems
Peter J. Shaw, President and CEO, AGE Logic, Inc.
Dan N. Turner, President and CEO, Petrotechnical Open
The X Consortium can be reached at:
One Memorial Drive
Cambridge MA 02142-1301
Tel: (617) 374-1000
Fax: (617) 374-1025
To reach the X Consortium public Wide World Web server, use the URL:
To reach the X Consortium public ftp machine, use anonymous ftp to:
Adobe Systems Inc.
Apple Computer, Inc.
Cray Research, Inc.
Digital Equipment Corp.
Hughes Aircraft Company
NCR Corporation (representing ADDS/NCR/AT&T)
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation
Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd.
The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG
Silicon Graphics, Inc.
Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Unix Systems Laboratories (includes Novell)
CETIA - Compagnie Europeene des Techniques de l'Ingenierie Assistee
Network Computing Devices
Quarterdeck Office Systems
Walker Richer & Quinn, Inc.
AGE Logic, Inc.
BARCO Chromatics, Inc.
Diagnostic/Retrieval Systems, Inc.
Gallium Software, Inc.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Human Designed Systems, Inc.
Hummingbird Communications Ltd.
Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc.
Investment Management Services, Inc.
Japan Computer Corporation
KAIST - Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Locus Computing Corporation
Mercury Interactive Corp.
Metro Link, Inc.
M3i Systems, Inc.
Object Management Group, Inc.
Open Software Foundation
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
Performance Awareness Corp.
Petrotechnical Open Software Corp.
Phase X Systems, Inc.
Tatung Science and Technology
User Interface Technologies Ltd.
Veritas Software, Inc.
VisiCom Laboratories, Inc.
Visix Software, Inc.
Visual Information Technologies, Inc.
White Pine Software, Inc.
The XFree86 Project, Inc.